Public relations (PR) practitioners work across a wide range of industries and may work in any of the following settings: corporate; financial; consumer; public affairs; local government; business-to-business (B2B); trade and technical; internal communications; not-for-profit organisations and charities.
Vacancies for PR officers exist in-house and in consultancies:
In some cases, in-house PR professionals may work in tandem with PR consultancies on certain projects.
Vacancies for in-house PR posts are often advertised in the national, regional or local press, as well as the industry press listed above. Consultancy vacancies can also be advertised.
There are specialist PR recruitment agencies, but they invariably deal only with vacancies for experienced practitioners. Search the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) for recruitment agencies that deal with PR.
Recruitment can be very ad-hoc, with some graduates obtaining their first post as a result of a speculative approach. The Hollis UK Public Relations Annual may be useful in identifying contacts for speculative applications.
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